7 p.m. • at New Orleans Smoothie King Center • FSN, 830-AM
Preview: The Wolves ended their nine-game losing streak in a big way Sunday against Phoenix, with the 16th 30-point win in franchise history. Now they will try for their first winning streak since taking back-to-back games against Sacramento and at Brooklyn on Dec. 18 and 20. The Pelicans, who sneaked into the playoffs as the Western Conference’s eighth seed last season, have underperformed this season. At the start of the season injuries were a factor. But lately? The Pelicans had a two-game winning streak broken Monday afternoon in Memphis.
Players to watch: G/F Andrew Wiggins has been the team’s leading scorer the past six games, averaging 24.8 points and shooting 50.9 percent in that span. G Ricky Rubio’s 18 points Sunday was the most since scoring 28 on opening night. G/F Shabazz Muhammad is scoring 14.0 points and shooting 50 percent in his past 10 games. Pelicans F Anthony Davis is averaging better than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game; he had 21 points with eight boards and three blocks Monday. G Jrue Holiday had 23 points and nine assists off the bench Monday.
Numbers: The Wolves have lost five straight to the Pelicans overall. Their four losses to New Orleans last season came by an average of 20 points. The Wolves have shot 39.2 percent from three-point range in their last six games. The Wolves are 10-3 when allowing 95 or fewer points.
Injuries: The Wolves report no injuries. Pelicans F Quincy Pondexter (knee) was out Monday.